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WiFi sol'ns with MCU aimed at IoT apps

Posted: 18 Jun 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Texas Instruments  IoT  MCU  WiFi  wireless connectivity 

Texas Instruments (TI) has unveiled its latest SimpleLink WiFi CC3100 and CC3200 platforms for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. According to the company, the WiFi device family is the first in a series of low power SimpleLink wireless connectivity solutions for the IoT that allows customers to easily add embedded WiFi and Internet to various home, industrial and consumer electronics.

The devices claims to offer the industry's lowest power consumption for battery operated devices with a low power radio and advanced low power modes. Engineers also gain the flexibility to use any MCU with the CC3100 solution or leverage the CC3200's integrated programmable ARM Cortex-M4 MCU, allowing customers to add their own code. In addition, the device promise easy development for the IoT with quick connection, cloud support and on-chip WiFi, Internet and robust security protocols, requiring no prior WiFi experience to get a product connected. The SimpleLink family also has the ability to simply and securely connect their devices to WiFi using a phone or tablet app or a web browser with multiple provisioning options including SmartConfig Technology, WPS and AP mode.

With a QFN package and fully integrated RF and analogue, the CC3100 and CC3200 allow developers to create a low cost, compact and easy to use system by placing the device directly on a PCB. The SimpleLink WiFi family comes with cloud connectivity support through TI's IoT cloud ecosystem members. TI also provides various kits and software tools, a certified TI module (coming soon), reference designs, sample applications, development documentation and TI E2E community support.

SimpleLink WiFi CC3100 and CC3200

The SimpleLink WiFi CC3100 and CC3200 solutions are available through TI eStore and TI authorised distributors. The CC3200 LaunchPad is available for $29.99, while the CC3100 BoosterPack + CC31XXEMUBOOST + MSP-EXP430F5529LP bundle is available for $49.99. The CC3100BOOST + CC31XXEMUBOOST bundle can be had for $36.99.

CC3100 and CC3200 production units will be available in July and will be part of TI's sample program. CC3100 costs $6.70 per 1,000 units, while CC3200 starts at $7.99 per 1,000 units. CC3100 and CC3200 modules will be available in Q3.

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